PARKERSBURG - For the second year, the Parkersburg Police Department is partnering with Try-Again Homes, in an effort to help approximately 55 Parkersburg area foster children have a great Christmas.
Try-Again Homes (TAH) is a nonprofit foster care agency located in Parkersburg and Fairmont.
Beginning Monday, new and unwrapped gifts for these children can be dropped off at the Parkersburg City Park police substation between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Police volunteers and officers will be on hand to help with collection and coordination.
Donations will be accepted through Dec. 21. There is a substantial need at this time for winter clothes and shoes, said Stacy Easter, with TAH.
As soon as Santa forwards a list of requests from the children, it will be posted at www.parkersburgpolice.com.
Questions can be directed to City Park police substation, at 304-424-0683, to Sgt. Greg Collins at the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444.
"The officers and staff of the Parkersburg Police Department are involved in cases all too often where children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care. It's very difficult to see a child's life turned upside down because of something that's not their fault," Easter said.
Try-Again Homes provides foster/adoptive homes for children ages birth to 18-years-old and is funded in part under an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Foster homes are needed due to a variety of issues, some of which include neglect and abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual), alcohol and drug abuse, special medical circumstances. Adoptive homes are needed when it is determined that children cannot return/remain with biological parents and parental rights have been terminated.